Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daffodils opened today finally

Finally some of the daffodils that came with our property opened today.! The new ones I planted last fall are getting close. Below is one of the smaller daffodils that almost opened today.

On Sunday Meg and I walked into our woods and found 3 Trout Lilies in bloom. This is our first native wildflower this year!
My work at Julia's has been very pleasant this week. While I've been finishing up the porch I constantly get the aroma of this Daphne at the front door.
Can you smell that? I get it from 50-60 foot away all day long.

A little walk around the corner and you find this hellebore, could there be 100 blooms maybe?


Julia's snow flakes, Leucojum aestivum! My first snow flakes, thanks to Darla for correcting me on this plant.

I took some cutting from Julia's garden on Tuesday, black fig and paper Bush (Edgeworthia}! Hope I can get something going on these cuttings. The black figs are supposed to be real tasty too.
Back in our garden the Hyacinth are getting ready. This one is one that was here when I bought the place, I think I'll have 5 new ones this year!
 Here is the Clematis armandii "snowdrift" I bought last year. It never grew at all last year, nothing!! This photo was taken 6 days ago, that new growth has grown at least a foot in the past 6 days! We intended on having it cover to back porch railing, it is now touching the railing, YEAH!

Here is our Camellia japonica 'Crimson Candles' I bought it last fall, it had nearly 100 buds on the 3 foot bush back then. On Tuesday it started opening up those blooms! What a delightful bush all these 2 inch blooms. Julia has a slightly bigger one and it was blooming like crazy on Monday when I got to work.

Last thing the veggy garden. We have been eating arugula and mustard greens all week. These were planted last fall and somehow managed to live through out the winter. Two and half weeks ago I planted Sugar Snap Peas today I found my first pea sprout. Now where is my Swiss Chard?

22 comments:

Southern Lady said...

Isn't it exciting when everything comes alive? Sounds like you had a great day. Lucky you to get to enjoy the fragrance of the daphne all day. Carla

NellJean said...

Spring is almost upon us. Just when we think it is here, we get cold wind, rain and other reminders, but the visuals cannot be denied.

Cameron said...

Lovely photos!

I have no blooms right now and am wishing I had planted for early flowers. I planned for April color with daffs, bluebells and irises. My crocus that usually bloom in February are just now showing foliage. I miss my winter daphne that died last July after 3 years.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

You have so many blooms for March!
The hellebore is gorgeous! When I first glanced at the picture I thought it was an azalea shrub after a rain.

Chandramouli S said...

Wow! Everything is opening up in your garden. I love the lily especially and long for Daffodils that I guess wouldn't grow here.
I do have few varieties of Lilium seeds. Do you think it's wise to sow them now? It's about 86 deg. F here and would get as hot as 90 deg. F in summer.

sweet bay said...

Randy I envy you your trout lily. Mine seems to have disappeared. And I don't think I've ever seen a Hellebore so covered in flowers before! It is really beautiful.

Darla said...

Very nice assortment of blooms here, your Snowdrop looks more like the Snowflake Leucojum aestivum that we grow in the South, they are cousins.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

It looks like everything is coming to life in your garden. Congratulations on the first daffodils of the season. The trout lilies and hellebore are beautiful!

lkw said...

What a nice group of photos!

I haven't seen any of my Leucojum yet in flower, but we've had daffodils and Galanthus (as well as Crocus).

Hasn't it been a lovely late season for camellias?

Lisa

Shady Gardener said...

Way to go! Great photos... after this weekend, maybe I'll have more to show. (After the snow that's predicted leaves!) ;-)

wiseacre said...

Up here we're ecstatic with the early warm weather, easily a month ahead of schedule. Then I look at southern blogs and find out we're still 2 months behind. I saw the first daffy sprouts just breaking ground yesterday.

The only flower I've seen so far has been Winter Aconite. Today I expect to find a couple Vinca blooms opening. I can't wait for the Trout Lilies to emerge but 'knowing' the cold will return I haven't cleaned out the blanket of fallen leaves from my 'wild' bed.

Dave said...

Nice! Our daffs have gone into bloom mode too. Seems like we had a really long wait this year! I'm definitely going to need to add camelias to the garden someday.

Gail said...

it must be incredibly delightful to be in your garden right now! I say that having caught whiffs of daphne here...Isn't is delicious! Btw~~congrats on the dafs blooming, and the trout lily is spectacular! gail

Skeeter said...

What a wonderful find in the Trout Lily! Wild flowers are the best but I can smell that Daphne through the computer. I have been eying them but have yet to purchase one...

John said...

I find it hard to figure that we are just days apart on some things. Our first daffodils are appearing now too and some of the trout lillies are in bloom (though not the natives to be fair). But the Leucojums. I doubt if I will see them for another month.

Glad you made the visit to Pine Knot farms. I would like to make that trip some day too. Their Hellebores are exquisite.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

There sure are lots of flowers blooming there now! I just love the trout lily. I think I remember seeing them for the first time on your blog last year.
Clematis armandii will be on your porch railing before you know it. The flowers have a wonderful scent.

Carol said...

Lovely blooms! I love the trout lily, daphne and the sweet buds of clematis... well all of them are wondrous! Happy Spring Randy!! ;>)

Muhammad khabbab said...

It is a treat to watch all the blooms in your post. The dafodills are looking great and i can guess the daphne fragrance would be overpowering. We grow hyacinth a lot in spring and the fragrance is just enchanting. It is a sad tail we do not have trout lily here although it will do very good in our climate.

Jean said...

Sounds like lots of good things coming up in your neck of the woods Randy. I found that the first year I planted clematis they were quite pokey. The second year one of them took off. I'm still waiting for the other one to catch up. How I'd love to work next to a Daphne!

lkw said...

I have just finally had pea shoots emerge in the last few days, although we've had daffodils for awhile.

And hasn't it been nice to have camellias flowering so late? And not zapped by the hard freezes over January and February?

I haven't had too much beyond collards and corn salad overwintering at home, but in the kitchen garden next to our Garden visitor center, the arugula, spinach, etc. has sailed through the winter, thanks to the brick walls surrounding the garden (I think).

Hmm, I need to sow some more chard, too.

Lisa

Sunita said...

So very exciting to see flowers popping awake, isn't it? None of these flowers will grow for me so its good to enjoy them here.

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